THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS IMMIGRATION AND TERRORISM IS NOT A QUESTION OF PARTY PREFERENCES

81 percent of Hungarians are concerned about a new immigration wave and 89 percent think that Europe can be a victim of terrorism once again. Regarding these two issues, both leftist symphatizers and those with unknown party preferences have similar views, which clearly highlights the all-encompassing nature of the assessment towards immigration and terrorism – as Nézőpont Intézet’s most recent public opinion poll reveals, prepared at the request of Magyar Idők.

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THE LEFT WOULD PREFER TO SKIP OVER THE REFERENDUM

The Left’s referendum campaign could easily end up to be a debacle during the early phase of the official campaign, since the issues of immigration and particularly the right strategy to be selected for the October 2 referendum completely splintered and divided the leftist-liberal spectrum. Current developments allude to a situation whereas the leftist parties will plunge into their campaign for the 2018 elections in a disastrous state.

While earlier the MSZP supported the settlement of immigrants to Hungary, the party’s president today considers the government’s anti-quota stance acceptable. Due to this newest reversal, the recently elected Gyula Molnár could easily become disingenouos in the eyes of his own supporters.

What has also created a fault-line within the leftist liberal spectrum is that the Democratic Coalition led by Ferenc Gyurcsány has argued for mandatory settlement quotas, while taking on a position to boycott the referendum. Meanwhile, Együtt and PM launched an infantile campaign of irony similarly to the Two-tailed Dog Party, which only reiterated their inability to govern instead of addressing voters’ concerns. The Liberals are the sole representatives of a campaign urging people to participate in the referendum and voting yes.

The confusing rhetoric, their position vis-a-vis immigration and boycotting the referendum have all turned leftist liberal forces against their own supporters. Based on Nézőpont Intézet’s August polls, two-fifths of leftist sympathasizers rejects mandatory settlement, while  one-third of MSZP voters actually plan to participate in the referendum vote based on an assessment by Závecz Research.

All in all, it seems that the Left today is anaemic, and since they cannot afford to master a campaign consuming vast amounts of energy a year and a half prior to the parliamentary elections, therefore they are urging voters to stay home during the referendum. By doing so, they are sending a message that they have no clear positions regarding one of the most severe crisis situations inflicted upon Europe also impacting our homeland. All this could have an impact on the assessment of their ability to lead the country, which ability is already viewed as a shaky one. In sum, they would prefer to skip over this referendum, which avoidance can easily be interpredeted as a precursor to the qualifying round of the 2018 elections.

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OVER HALF OF OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS SATISFIED WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES

68 percent of Hungarians are satisfied with the cabinet’s management of illegal border crossings, with over half – 51 percent – of opposition supporters also backing the cabinet in this respect – as Nézőpont Intézet’s most recent public opinion poll confirms at the request of Heti Válasz. According to the poll, there has been no substantial change in popular support for parties since July; governing parties continue to have a major lead over opposition groups.

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THE MAJORITY OF HUNGARIANS SUPPORT ONLINE CASH REGISTERS

The Hungarian population supports measures that aim to roll back the shadow economy, therefore the Hungarian people are content with the extension of electronic financial transactions (88 percent are satisfied with the use of bank cards), as they also embrace the use of online cash registers (four times more consider it more efficient than not) and the introduction of EKÁER (three times more people consider it more useful than not) – indicates a poll completed through the Economic Transparency Roundtable organized by Nézőpont Intézet. Based on this survey, it is also apparent that there are still improvements that could be made in terms of the effectiveness of the battle against the grey economy.

The domestic population supports and understands the government measures launched against the grey and black economies, however, it does not think that the necessary infrastructure to implement such measures is adequate in all areas, denotes a recent public opinion poll completed by Nézőpont Intézet’s Economic Transparency Roundtable.

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WE DO NOT PAY GRATUITY OUT OF GRATITUDE

The continued application of gratutity-based services in the Hungarian health care system are hinged more on adverse causes, such as gaining some type of advantage, duress or simple expectation; gratitude (as the Hungarian word implies) has only a limited role – according to Nézőpont Intézet’s Economic Transparency Roundtable public opinion poll, noting that the majority of people decidedly oppose the use of the state infrastructure in the private practice of medical doctors.

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